Down on the Farm: August 15 (Urias & Mejia Stay Hot at Plate, Potts’ Second Missions Homer)
The minor league teams for the San Diego Padres were 5-2 on Wednesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s action:
El Paso Chihuahuas (69-52) Won 7-1
Thanks to a strong performance by the middle of the El Paso lineup, the Chihuahuas took the series against the Salt Lake City Bees. Each batter from the number 2-7 spot in the lineup picked up at least one RBI, including both Luis Urias and Francisco Mejia with an RBI single and RBI double, respectively. El Paso would take the lead in the third inning on Mejia’s RBI double and an RBI single by Allen Craig. Kyle Lloyd pitched well in four innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out three. Kyle McGrath and Travis Radke combined to pitch five innings of shutout ball out of the bullpen.
Luis Urias: 2-4, RBI, R, K
Francisco Mejia: 2-5, RBI, R, 2B
Raffy Lopez: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2B, 3 K, BB
Ty France: 1-4, RBI, R, BB, 2 K
Kyle Lloyd: 4 IP, 5 H, R, ER, BB, 3 K (68 pitches-47 strikes) Win
San Antonio Missions (67-53) Won 8-3
A seven-run ninth inning slingshotted the Missions into the lead and carried them to victory. Kyle Overstreet drove the first run of the rally home with an RBI single that scored Hudson Potts, and the Missions would go on a hitting parade with this spark. Austin Allen, Buddy Reed, Taylor Kohlwey, and Matthew Batten had RBI hits in the inning while Peter Van Gansen drew a walk with the bases loaded for an RBI of his own. Potts put San Antonio on the board in the fifth inning with his second home run in Double-A. Jesse Scholtens pitched five scoreless innings, but Andres Munoz got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless inning while walking one and striking out a batter.
Hudson Potts: 1-5, HR, RBI, 2 R, BB, K, E
Matthew Batten: 2-4, RBI, R, BB, K, SB
Austin Allen: 2-5, RBI, R, E
Peter Van Gansen: 1-3, RBI, R, 2 BB
Jesse Scholtens: 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K (79 pitches-53 strikes) No Decision
Lake Elsinore Storm (59-63) Won 8-7
A wild game that saw the game get tied up in the bottom of the ninth inning gave way to the Storm taking the lead and game in the top of the tenth inning on an RBI single by Chris Baker. Ronald Bolanos was the starter of the game and, while he pitched six innings, he surrendered five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out five. Hansel Rodriguez allowed Brandon Montgomery to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with a two-run home run that tied the game at seven runs apiece. Jorge Ona and Nate Easley both had home runs in the game, with the home run being one of four hits that Easley had.
Nate Easley: 4-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, BB, K
Jorge Ona: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
Chris Baker: 2-5, RBI, 2 K
Ruddy Giron: 2-5, RBI, 2 R, 2 K
Ronald Bolanos: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (95 pitches-59 strikes) No Decision
Fort Wayne TinCaps
The TinCaps game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up on a later date.
Tri-City Dust Devils (25-33) Lost 5-2
The Dust Devils continue to slide as they lost for the 10th time this month, while they have only won three times in August. All five runs were charged to Sam Keating, who pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing the five runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out three. Tri-City took the initial lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Tucupita Marcano that scored Xavier Edwards, while a sacrifice fly hit by Dwanya Williams-Sutton scored Grant Little for the second run. However, the Canadians would score five times over the next three innings to take the victory.
Tucupita Marcano: 2-5, RBI
Grant Little: 1-3, R, 2 BB, K, SB
Xavier Edwards: 1-4, BB, 2 K, 2 SB
Dwanya Williams-Sutton: 0-3, RBI, 2 K
Sam Keating: 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 3 K (81 pitches-46 strikes) Loss
AZL Padres 1 (21-24) Won 3-2
The AZL Padres 1 allowed the lead to slip away in the ninth inning only to storm back and win the game in extra innings on an RBI single by Reinaldo Ilarraza that scored Tyler Benson. Frank Lopez and Efrain Contreras split the start, with Lopez pitching three innings and striking out five while Contreras pitched five innings, walking one and striking out five. The Padres took the initial lead in the eighth inning on a two-run double by Jawuan Harris, but said lead was surrendered when Carlos Belen allowed two runs to score in the ninth inning.
Jawuan Harris: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Reinaldo Ilarraza: 2-4, RBI, SB
Frank Lopez: 3 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Efrain Contreras: 5 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Omar Fernandez: IP, K Win
AZL Padres 2 (23-21) Won 3-2
Much like their other AZL counterpart, the AZL Padres 2 won in dramatic fashion, walking off in the bottom of the ninth inning on a two-run single by Luis Roman. Starter Manny Guzman pitched five innings, striking out eight batters while allowing only a single run. Felix Minjarez pitched in relief for him and allowed an unearned run to cross the plate in three innings of work. The Padres got their first run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI single by Yordi Francisco.
Yordi Francisco: 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB, CS
Luis Roman: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
Angel Solarte: 2-5, 2B, 2 K
Manny Guzman: 5 IP, 6 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Felix Minjarez: 3 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 6 K
DSL Padres (31-32) Lost 3-1
The DSL Padres struggled to get any offense going and wasted a strong start by Edgar Martinez. Martinez, who now has an ERA of 2.28, pitched five innings and allowed only one run to score while striking out eight batters, an impressive start for the 17-year-old. A Brandon Valenzuela walk with the bases loaded scored the only run for the Padres. Two runs scored against Alan Mundo in the seventh inning put the DSL Reds in the lead for good as they hung on for the victory.
Brandon Valenzuela: 0-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
Luis Paez: 2-4, BB, SB
Emmanuel Guerra: 1-4, K
Edgar Martinez: 5 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 8 K
Alan Mundo: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K
Probable Starters for Thursday’s game
El Paso: Walker Lockett
San Antonio: Chris Paddack
Lake Elsinore: TBD
Fort Wayne Game 1: Osvaldo Hernandez
Fort Wayne Game 2: Tom Cosgrove
Tri-City: Omar Cruz
AZL Padres 1 & 2: TBD
DSL Padres: TBD
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